Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Live Cross from London - Wesley and Whitefield's Stomping Ground

Yes I'm actually in London. I have the great priveledge of being invited onto Revelation TV in the UK to discuss open air preaching.

Today has been a special blessing on the food front. I got to eat a meat pie, some nando's chicken, and a Crunchie bar for the first time in 2 years. Hardly suffering like Wesley and Whitefield did.

I will be appearing with Londoner Rob Hughes (from operation513.com) who is an avid open air preacher and reformed theologian. The program is called "Word in Focus" and can be streamed live at 9pm (UK time) at this site www.revelationtv.com

How appropriate to talk about open air preaching in the heartland of Wesley, Whitefield, Spurgeon, and William Booth. It was the field preaching of the "Great Awakening" that transformed England from a moral cesspool to the high point of world culture. Not only that but countless hell bound souls were saved through their preaching. Our agenda is, of course, to follow in their footsteps and faithfully proclaim the Once For All Delivered Glorious Gospel to a culture in decline.

It is foolish to think that open air preaching is no longer relevant. As a Christian our relevance lies in our difference. What could be more relevant than bringing to men's attention the certainty of death and judgement that awaits. It is also foolish to think that it was somehow easier in the days of the Great Awakening. Wesley and Whitefield were men who were shot at and stoned for their labor. And labor they did preaching ceaselessly from town to town on horseback spending and being spent on the cause of Christ. These men preached themselves to the grave. We have lot to thank them for and a responsibility to continue in their vein.

Here is an excerpt from George Whitefield's life:

Whitefield preached a schedule that would have destroyed even a healthy man, and Whitefield was far from healthy. He preached usually thirteen sermons a week, each lasting one to two hours or more. It is estimated that he preached 18,000 sermons in his lifetime. Even when he tried to rest, the crowds forced him to continue.

Although thousands found faith and hope through Whitefield’s work, he also had tormentors and enemies. He was jeered and ridiculed, pelted with stones and dead cats, and even attacked and beaten by a man with a gold-headed cane. Nothing deterred or even delayed his preaching. He was fearless in his work and frequently proclaimed, “We are immortal till our work is done.”

Although suffering continually from asthma, Whitefield refused to give up his daily sermons. In 1769 he made his final trip to America, arriving in Savannah to work on converting his orphanage to a college. He traveled up the Atlantic coast with crowds at every stop. By the time he reached Boston, he was too ill to speak and spent three days in bed. On September 29, he was carried to Exeter, New Hampshire, where he prayed, “Lord Jesus, I am weary in your work, but not of your work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for you once more in the fields, seal your truth, and come home to die.” Barely able to stand, Whitefield preached for two hours on “Faith and Works”, and then went to his friend’s house in Newburyport for supper and bed. But when he tried to walk up the stairs to bed, dozens of people appeared at the parsonage and begged for just a short message. Whitefield stood on the steps and spoke until the candle he was holding in his hand burned down to his palm. He told a companion that his asthma was returning and, “I am dying.” At 6:00 the next morning he died. He was 55 years old.

In light of his life it is heavily convicting and reduces me to tears when I read these words by Whitefield: Had I a hundred hands, I could employ them all. The harvest is very great. I am ashamed I can do no more for him who has done so much for me.

Who am I to talk about open air preaching in the land of these great Christian pioneers? May God be glorified in my human weakness! Please pray for us.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fireproof Opens Today

Fireproof, by the makers of Facing the Giants, is a great film about real life, marriage, and God's intervention. I encourage everyone to see it this weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) in that opening weekend numbers will drive how long it stays in theaters and whether or not theaters will show more films like this in the future.

There's been quite a bit of publicity about this film recently. Articles have appeared in USA Today and yesterday Dr. Phil's show was about marriage and featured firefighters, police officers and the star (Kirk Cameron) and producers (the Kendrick brothers) of the film and the pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church.

Also, the Love Dare, the book featured in the film is on it's fifth printing (and it hasn't even hit stores yet) due to demand.

Here are some things to look for in the film:

Look for actors from Facing the Giants to turn up again

The place kicker is driving the car that leads to a wreck

The coach of the winning school in FTG shows up at the end of the film, but not as a coach

One of the dads from the FTG football team helps move the car off the railroad tracks

The opposing coach with the lollipop in Facing the Giants is back (with a lollipop)
Look for the Lollipop Shop in a clip that is owned by the opposing coach from FTG.
I think the car lot from the Kendrick's first film, Flywheel, is in the film as well. Not too sure about that one.

Both Kendrick brothers are in the film, as is their father. He's in a wheelchair. They were all featured in a past issue of HomeLife magazine.

Also, years ago Kirk Cameron stated that he would never kiss another woman other than his wife, even if in a movie or television show. There's a scene where he kisses his on-screen wife and we all know Chelsea Noble did not have a part in this film. So what gives? Well, the Kendricks and the folks at Sherwood Pictures have also said they would never have non-married couples be intimate or kiss in a film. This is what they did. They flew in Kirk's wife, Chelsea, put a dark wig on her and adjusted the lighting so you couldn't tell. When Kirk's character kisses his wife, it's actually Kirk kissing Chelsea.

So, get your tickets. Seems that Fandango.com has listed this film as the best selling movie for the weekend through their site. That's great! Don't miss out and don't miss the film.

Courtesy of David Tarkington at "Get Real"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kirk Cameron is Back and Mike Seaver is Dead

To all my friends living stateside. A terrific Christian movie with an overtly clear Gospel message hits the big screen tomorrow.

Please support this movie on opening weekend. Opening box office takings play a big factor in how many more theatres will pick up this movie. People will get saved through the clear gospel proclamation in this movie.

It stars Kirk Cameron who I've had the great priveledge of meeting. Kirk is the real deal as far as being a true disciple, faithful husband (unlike his character in the movie), and devoted father of six. Kirk was made famous by playing Mike Seaver for seven years in the hit sitcom "Growing Pains". Mike Seaver will be long forgotten after seeing Kirk's performance in this film.

The movie is produced by the Kendrick Brothers who brought us Cinema surprise packets "Facing the Giants" and "Flywheel".

Please support this movie. If it does well enough we might even get to see it in Europe.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Washer Wednesday - Jesus is Not a Yuppy's Accessory

Time Out - we'll take a break today from the stupidity in evangelical circles that is enveloping the 2008 Presidential race. There is more to be said as it pertains to seeing through the fog of deception and confusion by exercising a biblical worldview. This involves elevating Christ and diminishing worldly things. Who better than Paul Washer to give us some real perspective on Who God is, what man has become, and the things that really matter.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Watch Voddie Baucham Eat 2 Feminists For Breakfast

Voddie Baucham is just not your shy retiring type of preacher. Never backwards in coming forward Voddie always speaks with biblical authority and sheer clarity. This also happened to be the case when he was invited onto CNN to give his thoughts on women's roles in the church and society. Get into a theological debate with Dr Baucham at your peril - you better know what you're talking about unlike the two women in this video . . .

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Stan Martin's Promotion

In December 1989 I had only been born again two months when I graduated from my Air Force training in Australia. I was posted to a base just outside of Brisbane and the first Christian I met was a man called Stan Martin who had recently been promoted to Corporal.

Stan was kind enough to have Bible study with me in the chapel, invite me over to his house for dinner, and patiently listen to my rantings about the King James Bible. Stan was one of those Christians who never had a high public profile or got noticed by too many people. But he was a rock of provision for his family, a pillar of faithfulness in the local church, and a steadfast witness in the military.

Well last week Stan finally got promoted again - this time to glory in the presence of his Lord and Savior. All who attended his funeral found these words inside the order of service:


One of Stan’s greatest passions in life was to tell other people “the gospel” – which is the good news about Jesus Christ. In honour of Stan, we would like to tell you about it. Would you please carefully consider the following message?

Mankind has become separated from God because of sin. Sin is breaking God’s law. Perhaps you feel you are a good person, who doesn’t need anything. Here’s a quick test of that, based on some of God’s laws.

Have you ever told a lie (including fibs), stolen anything (the value is irrelevant), or hated anyone? Have you used God’s name as a swear word, or jealously wanted what other people have?

If you are honest, you know you will be guilty when you stand before God. God, however, doesn’t want to send you to hell. Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross, so you could go free. That shows how much God loves you.

We have broken God’s laws, but Jesus paid our fine. Then He rose from the grave and defeated death. If you repent (which is turning away from your sins), and trust in Jesus, God will forgive your sins and give you eternal life.

God demonstrated His love toward us like this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. - Isaiah 53:4-5

Well done, good and faithful servant; Enter now into the joy of your lord. - Matt 25:23

For to Live is Christ but to Die is Gain.

Precious in the sight of God is the death of His saints.

Jesus said: ‘I am the Resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.’

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Orissa Update From Voice of the Martyrs

INDIA – Violence against Christians Escalating in Orissa State
On August 23, widespread violence erupted against Christians following the assassination of World Hindu Council leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati, the alleged mastermind behind the December 2007 attacks on believers in Kandhamal, Orissa State. Saraswati was killed with four of his followers. 30 men believed to be Maoist extremists, stormed a religious center in Kandhamal and opened fire, VOM contacts reported.

"Despite evidence indicating that Maoists are responsible for Saraswati’s murder, several Hindu militant groups have blamed Christians," VOM contacts said. "As a result, Hindu militants have launched attacks on Christians throughout the state, setting buildings on fire and beating and killing believers in at least 12 districts. The Voice of the Martyrs has been receiving numerous reports on this developing crisis. At present, it is difficult to know the full extent of what is happening to Christians in Orissa State.

VOM contacts reported churches, mission buildings and schools throughout the state have been damaged or destroyed in the attacks. In the village of Nuagaon, Kandhamal district, extremists set fire to a social centre in the village after violating a nun who was at the facility. The Bethel Association, a Christian orphanage in the district of Rayagada, was burned to the ground. The mission was home to 150 children, many of them from families who have suffered persecution for their faith.

In Bargarh district, another orphanage was torched and a young woman was burned alive after she was thrown inside the building when she tried to protect the children. At least 20 churches have reportedly been destroyed, but the extent of the damage in Orissa State has not been ascertained as reports continue to be released from the affected regions.

VOM contacts report more than 50 homes belonging to Christians have been reportedly burned to the ground by extremists in the village of Rupagaon, Kandhamal alone. "A paralyzed man was unable to escape his burning house and was killed. Houses have also been ransacked, pelted with stones and vandalized throughout the state. Christian-owned shops have been torched and looted. Many Christians have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the jungle. Although police have attempted to protect Christians and end the attacks in Orissa, the violence has continued to occur. Militant groups have blocked roads with logs in order to keep the police away. Christian groups continue to beseech government authorities to intervene and end the violence," VOM contacts added.

Similar attacks erupted on Christmas Eve 2007 after Hindu extremists targeted Christian homes and churches. Four Christians were killed, many injured and numerous homes and churches destroyed or damaged in the violent clashes that lasted five days. More than 18 churches and prayer houses were ransacked and torched in several areas of Kandhamal district in Orissa. In the past Hindu extremists have used anti-conversion laws to terrorize Christians.

VOM is working to gather information on these attacks and provide assistance to believers affected. Following the December attacks VOM provided assistance, by distributing thousands of Bibles and supporting some families that lost loves ones during the attack, through VOM’s Family of Martyrs fund.

VOM encourages you to continue praying for believers affected by the attacks. Ask God to protect believers who facing great challenges. Thank God for their faithfulness, and ask Him to provide for their needs.

Article taken from www.persecution.com

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hindu Violence - Urgent Message From Persecuted Christians in India

Stop Press - it was my intention to discuss the dreadful hypocrisy by certain "emergent" and "red letter" leaders in the USA such as Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Donald Miller, and Brian MacLaren but that will have to wait. I am a bit late on this story but it needs to be told nonetheless. Another case of the dreadful persecution many of our brothers and sisters in Christ endure in other countries. There is dreadful violence going on in India right now by Hindus against Christians with many martyrs. Here is an urgent message by KP Yohannan (founder of Gospel for Asia) concerning these events in India.

Please pray for these suffering saints and call on your church leaders to include this in their "church announcements". I think too many of us westerners are "living our best lives now" and need to be awakened to the plight of the persecuted church . . . . even though the plight of our affluent westernised slumber may be worse!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What Richard Abanes Doesn't Want You to Hear

Here is the Crosstalk program that Richard Abanes has twice blocked due to false claims of copyright infringement. Well it's now back in it's third incarnation and well worth the listen . . .

I have a list of people I don't want to cross swords with and Ingrid Schlueter is on that list.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Washer Wednesday - The Narrow Way

It's time for a refresher and to hear someone who knows the Gospel and clearly articulates it. Well worth the hour . . .

Tomorrow - The youtube video Richard Abanes doesn't want you to see/hear.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"It's The Gospel Stupid"

It’s The Gospel Stupid
Continuing on from yesterday where Todd Friel critiqued Rick Warren’s “gospel presentation” on the Fox network last Christmas . . . .

This ”gospel presentation” is just atrocious. It totally dismisses the penal substitutionary element of Christ’s atoning work on the cross. There is only one reason I can think of for avoiding the best part of the good news (that Christ endured the just wrath of God in the place of sinners who deserve it). To explain penal substitutionary atonement requires an explanation of why people deserve God's wrath and Pastor Warren just doesn’t seem to want to go there.

Not only was key information missing, but some of the information given was just plain false. The whole idea that Jesus died to give us a “second chance” shows either woeful ignorance or deliberate distortion of Scripture. The fact of the matter is that unregenerate men are “dead in trespasses and sin” (Ephesians 2:1) and a second chance is no use to a dead man, he needs the resurrection life that is found only in Christ. A second chance will only reaffirm our wicked sinful nature. We need to be regenerated and changed by God with the indwelling of His Holy Spirit into a new creature – Born Again. A “second chance” doesn’t even come close to God’s glorious plan of salvation.

Where was sin? Where was repentance? Where was judgment? Where was God’s Holiness? Not only was Rick Warren’s “gospel presentation” lacking – it was a complete swing and a miss. And here is the problem for Richard Abanes (Rick Warren’s cyberspace attack dog). He even wrote a book in response to Rick Warren’s critics but it never focused on the main issue.

Bill Clinton once said of the key issue in politics “It’s the economy stupid” (never thought I'd quote Billary). Well the key issue in Christianity – “It’s the Gospel stupid”. Many of Rick Warren's critics (including Pastor Ken Silva who had his website deleted) don't have a personal problem with Rick Warren, but they do have a major issue with the false gospel he preaches. Richard Abanes has spent a lot of energy defending Rick Warren without discussing the main point and contending over the core elements of the Once for All Delivered Gospel. Amidst all the noise he’s making in cyberspace, Richard Abanes is very silent on this issue.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Rick Warren v The True Gospel

If Saturday's installment wasn't enough to expose Rick Warren's false gospel then here's our second installment. Why am I doing this? As a refresher for those new to this blog I have made the decision to speak openly about the false gospel Rick Warren preaches. I am compelled to do this because there is a concerted effort being made by a particular "defender of Rick Warren" to silence and censor those who are trying to question Rick Warren's teaching.

Apologist Richard Abanes has taken on the role of defender of Rick Warren - a very tough gig considering the gospel Warren preaches. Richard Abanes recently succeeded in getting an ISP to shut down a very good Christian website (Apprising Ministries run by Pastor Ken Silva) because he didn't like what was being said about Rick Warren. So much for freedom of speech!

Richard seems to feel hurt that some people don't like his friend Rick Warren. Listen up Richard - they don't have a personal problem with Rick Warren, they have a huge problem with the damage he is doing to biblical christianity by preaching a false gospel. In fact the Apostle Paul told us to "mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Romans 16:17). The criticism is legitimate and you need to face up to it. I challenge you to biblically respond to John MacArthurs asessment of the "purpose driven gospel" as seen in my pevious post. If that's not enough then let's look at Rick Warren's gospel presentation last Christmas on the Fox network.

One of the greatest tragedies that I saw last Christmas was the trainwreck of a gospel presentation Rick Warren made on the Fox television network. Fox gave Pastor Warren a large chunk of airtime to proclaim the Gospel to millions of American homes (what a wonderful opportunity).

Here's Todd Friel's asessment of what happened (please listen all the way through):

Continued tomorrow - Part 2 of Todd Friel's expose

[1] http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=41520

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sacred Cow Saturday - Episode 7 - The Gospel According to Rick Warren

Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church in California, one of the largest and possibly most influential in the world. Not only is it a large church with tens of thousands of people but Pastor Warren has countless pastors around the world downloading and hanging on every word he says. Rick Warrens Purpose Driven books are New York Times bestsellers. But do the "results" validate the message? Or has he simply made the "narrow gate" much wider . . .

This is not to suggest that it is a book without merit. There are many helpful things outlined within it's pages. But it is the kind of help that you can find on a secular pop psychology self help programme such as Doctor Phil. Improving our present quality of life is a temporary gain and can actually serve to distract from the infinitely weightier matters of eternity. The glaring downfall of "Purpose Driven Life" is that it fails to ram home the point that an unregenerate man is incapable of changing in a genuine, lasting, God honoring way unless he is born again.

1Co 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Eph 4:17-20 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!--

Joh 3:3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Eze 36:25-27 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

The issue is whether people are born again or not. If you are not born again no amount of self improvement will make lasting change of our wicked hearts. To impact people in this way the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be faithfully presented. Rick Warren's books not only fall short, they preach another gospel altogether as John Macarthur sharply pointed out.

This issue lies at the heart of Rick Warren's critics. He and his army of spin doctors would do well to listen to them instead of silence them.

There are those who would rather I remain silent on this issue. But the problem is that I have been silent for too long and I've got more noise to make - stay tuned!

Go On To Episode 8
Go Back To Episode 6
Go Back To Episode 1

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Witnessing Tips - Responding to Complaints About Hypocrites

I am noticing when witnessing that I often meet people on the street who want to argue against Christianity on the basis of what the media is saying about some professing Christians who give Christ a bad name through their sinful actions. Since most of us will probably encounter this I thought I might give some thoughts on how to respond. Here is a conversation I recently had:

Cameron: Have you got one of these? It's a Christian tract I've made for you.

Middle Aged Woman: I don't want anything to do with Christianity especially after seeing what happened with High Profile Christian Hypocrite (HPCH).

Cameron: I completely understand how angry you must feel. If what the media says about HPCH is true then it makes me very angry too. What makes me most angry is that people who say they are Christians and do things like that totally misrepresent Who God is, what He is like, and how He calls Christians to live. People who say they are Christians and do these terrible things are called hypocrites because they are nothing like Jesus when He walked on this planet.

Middle Aged Woman: I just don't see a reason to be a Christian. I know people who go to church every sunday and live sinful lives and I know people who are atheists and are very good people.

Cameron: Would you call yourself a good person? . . . .

Points to note:

1. It's good to agree on things you can agree on. When someone points out the bad things people do in God's Name agree with them.

2. Avoid making false accusations. This is why I prefixed one of my comments with the following disclaimer "If what the media said is true".

3. Contrast God's character and nature with the hypocrites who blaspheme His name.

4. Understand that the person you are talking to will have to answer for themselves on judgment day regardless of all the bad things other people do so try and steer the conversation away from the outside world and back to a personal focus.

5. Always remember that most of the tough questions people ask come from a wrong view of man's sinfulness and a wrong view of God's Holiness which is why we must open up God's moral law to bring the knowledge of sin (To see my earlier articles on preaching God's law click on these links Part 1 Part 2 Part 3).

Here's a video of me witnessing to someone:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Washer Wednesday - Preaching to Reformed Rappers

I've spoken recently about rap/hip hop artist Shai Linne who is not only excellent in his genre of music but also an excellent reformed theologian. In a sea of man centred sermons and "Contemporary Christian Music" which rarely approaches biblical soundness these "reformed rappers" are a breath of fresh air. Don't despair brothers and sisters, great things are happening beneath the radar.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

David Wheaton - Tennis Champion and Champion Witness

I was recently sent a mail by David Wheaton encouraging me with my blog. David was a world class tennis player who is now a world class ambassador for Christ. I have heard David on his radio show "The Christian Worldview" and when he sits in for Todd Friel on "The Way of the Master Radio". I had the great priveledge of meeting David while I was in the USA last March during the Shepherd's Conference. He is a man who is a tremendous advocate for biblical discernment and exercising a biblical worldview and is also one of the few people tall enough to see Todd Friel face to face.

David has written an awesome book called "University of Destruction" which is a vital read for any Christian embarking on the atheistic/humanistic/evolutionary strongholds called "higher learning" or universities. The constant barrage of anti-Christian sentiment undermines many professing Christians as they are ill-equipped to discern via a biblical worldview. If you're about to leave the mother ship and embark on "higher learning" then get your hands on this book. It is a biblical gameplan for influencing your campus for Christ instead of being influenced by your campus for carnality.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Advice For Single Guys Lookin' for a Godly Woman

Are you a single guy? What do you look for in a potential wife? Does the size of her bible really matter . . . .

Dan "Southpaw" Smith sets the record straight.

Don't want no paraphrase - coz Paul didn't use those anywayz!